Discovered a new cafe last week over the long weekend. Did you all enjoy the 4 day weekend? I certainly did cafe-hopping all over Singapore. Wish Singapore had more Public Holidays. I hardly think most companies would suffer, the non-manufacturing ones I suppose. We’d still all have to come back on Monday to finish what we left off. Less official working days to finish all the work results in greater efficiency and yet a happier workforce, don’t you think?
The Coffee Shot has been around for some months. I vaguely recall wanting to visit it but with the hype from even newer cafes opening, I lost track. I think Singapore’s going to become like Taiwan, Japan and Melbourne in terms of coffee culture. I can recall just merely 2 years ago I was lamenting the lack of good cafes in Singapore and now, you can bank on having a cafe right in your own neighbourhood. And of course, the rule of thumb being, the more far flung and obscure the location, the more crowded the cafe!
The Coffee Shot — Click in to see the menu
If you’re in the Lavender / Jalan Besar area, you might just want to visit The Coffee Shot, rather than Chye Seng Huat Hardware (a cafe, yes!) which I hear is still as crowded as ever. The Coffee Shot faces the Lavender main road, so you won’t miss it. It seems that area is also frequented by backpackers because while I was there, 2 Caucasians with laden backpacks came in for a rest. I take my hat of these backpackers. The backpacks are almost as tall as the bearers and they sure look heavy. I feel tired even thinking of the idea of having to backpack somewhere. I’d rather save up and travel more comfortably, but I guess if the priority is to see more with less money, backpacking is the way to go.
Apple pie with fresh whipped cream
It’s hard to get a really good apple pie in Singapore. Not many cafes serve apple pies to begin with, and if they do, quite often the standard is mediocre, ranging from too dry to too much crust and not enough apple. I think there are 2 key elements to a good apple pie. First the apple filling must be tasty and moist (something difficult to achieve if you don’t put your heart into making the apple pie), and of course the crust must be buttery and fragrant. The apple pie that The Coffee Shot served was very good as it passed the key components that I just mentioned. The apples were chunky and yielding, but not overly soft. A good amount of cinnamon was used as well to give it better fragrance. Someone once told me that apple pies in Singapore lack cinnamon due to the Asian palate. What a pity then, because really an apple pie is not complete without cinnamon!
Flat White $5
Flat white was good, smooth and not bitter. We are so accustomed to having our cuppa with latte art, so it came as a surprise that there wasn’t any. Also the cup was 3 quarter’s full for some reason. But the coffee was good enough that we almost wanted to order another.
Green banana cake
Was in two minds whether to order this green banana cake cuz of the colour of the cream. I was looking for a luscious chocolate cake but The Coffee Shot didn’t have one, so we thought we should be a bit adventurous with our palates and finally decided on the Green Banana cake. I thought the banana cake was quite forgettable. I thought the cake to be slightly mushy and therefore sticky on the palate. Also, a stronger banana flavour (real banana of course) would have been more desirable. The Partner agreed with me on this although he said that the texture of the cake was fine. The green cream had a very mild flavour such that I could not really detect if it was cream cheese or not. No idea what made the green colour either. For me, I would rather order a second serving of the delicious apple pie instead of having the banana cake.
Another look at the green banana cake
I really liked the fresh cream that went together with the apple pie too
Besides coffee and cakes, you can also get cooked meals such as brunch dishes, sandwiches and even entrees such as Swedish meatballs and Cajun Spiced Chicken. Quite interested to try out the Spam and Eggs Old School bun at $6.50.
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The Coffee Shot
103 Lavender Street Singapore City, Singapore 338725
Telephone : 6299 5909
- Mon: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Wed – Sat: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Sun: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
”A” marks the location of The Coffee Shot